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Red Hat revenue surges in Q1

Red Hat made solid strides over the past year, posting a boost in revenue and income for its first quarter.
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Wanadoo rapped for 'misleading' search results

Wanadoo UK has been told to ensure that sponsored links from its search engine are "clearly identified in future" so as not to mislead punters.
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Police to trial plasma stun gun

Police in the US and Europe could soon be testing a stun gun capable of delivering 50,000 volts to its target without using wires.
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Nanotech frauds imminent, warns VC

Vinod Khosla, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems who wrote its first business plan, and one of the pivotal figures in Silicon Valley capital, has warned that nanotech frauds are on their way. The first IPO in the much-touted sector will shortly take place, with the flotation of Nanosys, a Silicon Valley company which has gained over $50m in capital and filed over 200 patents, as premature. For Khosla it's a problem that he can't evaluate what it's actually selling.
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Acer brings Bluetooth to PocketPC line

Reg Kit Watch Acer has updated its PocketPC family with a model it has already dubbed the "wireless wonder", launching the device in Taiwan today.
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Lock-down CD scores No.1 hit

Although common in Japan and parts of Europe, lock down CDs have finally landed with a splash in the United States. Bertelsmann Music Group's fourteenth CD to feature the customer-unfriendly measure, Velvet Revolver's Contraband (no, this isn't Spinal Tap, although the group contains lots of old lags) has reached No.1 in the US chart.
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Intel EOLs 3.06GHz Pentium 4

Intel has notified system builders that it is discontinuing its 3.06GHz Pentium 4 chip.
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Intel to update 90nm Mobile P4 core

Intel only began shipping 90nm Mobile Pentium 4 processors at the start of June, but it has already signalled its intention to upgrade the parts' core.
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NTL outsources broadband tech support to IBM

Some 500 NTL broadband tech support staff at the cableco's call centre in Swansea are to be shunted to IBM as part of an outsourcing deal between the two companies.
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Wi-Fi to come late to Grantsdale party

Intel's much-vaunted software-based Wi-Fi access point technology, once touted as a key feature of the upcoming 'Grantsdale' and 'Alderwood' Pentium 4 chipsets, will not be available when products are formally announced this weekend.
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AMD and Intel meet in lavatory

It was five years ago today... Something a little off-the-wall to end the week: an uncomfortable encounter between chipcos at a Vulture Central anniversary bash at our old stomping ground in London's Maddox Street.
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Nokia to rejoin WiMAX Forum

Nokia is once again a member of the WiMAX Forum, having quit the organisation just over a month ago.
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Strategy Boutique relights apparel joss-stick

Cash'n'Carrion A breathless Cash'n'Carrion operative armed with laser pointer and Powerpoint presentation has just emerged from the joss-stick fuelled haze at our Merseyside warehousing facility to declare that the paradigm-busting Strategy Boutique t-shirt is back in stock in all sizes from medium to XXL:
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AOL France fined for unfair contract clauses

French consumer group, UFC, is claiming victory for ordinary Net users after AOL France was fined €30,000 (£20,000) by a French court yesterday over allegations that parts of the ISP's contract were unfair.
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Millennium debuggers cry foul

Letters We think we touched a nerve with one of the pieces we dug up from the vault this week. The implication that the whole Y2K thing was a storm in a teacup did not sit well with some of the heroes who saved us from The Bug.
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Italian stud seeks US sugarmamma

The following strange missive has just been forwarded to us by reader Webb Morris, who wonders is it a legit appeal or some form of scam?
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Strange but charming new particle found

Scientists working on Fermilab's SELEX experiment have found a odd new sub-atomic particle in the 'heavy-light' meson family. The researchers are intrigued because the meson lives longer than it should, weighs more than it should, and decays into unexpected particles.
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UK DQ use slides

Fewer people in the UK are using directory enquiries (DQ) since the old "192" service was deregulated and opened up to competition last August.
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Blaggers lift 60 CCTV cameras

A story in today's Daily Telegraph (registration required) leads us to suspect that roving gangs of Chinese mainland blaggers may be operating in the Wakefield area.
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US and Europe clash over online hate

Europe and the US clashed head-on over how to tackle xenophobic material found online, with the European tendency towards tough regulations at odds with US constitutional protection of free speech.
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BT to cut broadband prices for punters

BT is set to cut the cost of its broadband ADSL products in the next few weeks in response to ever-increasing competition from rival ISPs. Exactly how much BT intends to lop off the cost of its packages remains to be seen. But industry sources claim the price cut is on its way and could be made within the next fortnight - just four months after it first unveiled its sub £20 a month service.
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Intel builds laptop into surfboard

Intel has done something truly daft, and built a laptop into a surfboard. The "Oh, now you can really surf the Web" kind of gags are just too tempting in this case, so we thought we'd steer clear of them and focus on the kit.
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Big Bruv aggro is recipe for Web success

The drunken brawl in the UK's "Big Brother" house - which ended with security guards being rushed in to break up the scrap - has created a stampede of interest among viewers eager to know more about the on-screen aggro.
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Firm trials cancer-zapping nanobots

A nanoscale drug-delivery system is being tested at Singapore General Hospital. The technology is being used to help treat cancer by carrying the treatment directly to the tumour site.
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Harvard man provides musical solace for bereft bloggers

Let music be the food of love.

Software maker runs screaming from Itanium

It could have been the constant engine room clang or maybe the ominous ice triangles bobbing up and down off in the distance. It's hard to say exactly what made it happen, but Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC) got nervous. The software maker has abandoned the Itanic and leapt for a lifeboat marked Xeon Extender.